• 4th Grade Special Education Teacher

    Career Area
    Teacher
    School
    All Elementary Schools
    Start Date
    Immediate
  • Overview

    At Ascend, we seek 4th grade special education teachers who are passionate about their craft and their students – who want to spend their time discussing, preparing, and immersing themselves in the content they’re about to teach. We value teachers who truly listen to what students are saying – who create a space for students to think their way through to answers, and explore insights and curiosities along the way. Ascend teachers share a hunger for feedback and professional growth, and a dedication to excellence.

     

    We look for educators who are excited about our liberal arts program, positive approach to discipline, and commitment to serving all students in truly public schools. Above all, we seek teachers who are deeply committed to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap for the children of Central Brooklyn.

     

    Why extraordinary teachers teach at Ascend

    Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,000 students across 10 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to provide our students an extraordinary education, placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

     

    We guide our students to think critically and independently, and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students’ natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. And we design our school buildings to reflect the incredible accomplishments that happen within their walls and our high aspirations for teaching and learning.

     

    To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.

     

    Visit our website to learn more about the Ascend approach.

    Responsibilities

    The 4th grade special education teacher will develop and teach engaging lessons that follow the rigorous, Common Core aligned Ascend curriculum and provide individual or small group instruction for students who require additional academic support. Additionally, the elementary special education teacher will:

    • Differentiate small group instruction for students with special needs
    • Prepare student individualized education plans in consultation with staff and families to ensure success for all scholars
    • Utilize formal and informal assessment data to drive instruction and ensure student mastery of standards
    • Build a warm and inclusive classroom environment, implementing the practices of Responsive Classroom
    • Create and maintain strong relationships with students and families
    • Actively participate in grade-level meetings, collaborative planning, and professional development, including an annual summer institute
    • Accept ultimate responsibility for the academic progress of his or her students, and work to actively overcome setbacks

    Staff and reporting relationships

     

    The second grade special education teacher reports to the dean of student services. He or she also accepts direction from and works closely with the dean of students. Additionally, our special education teachers collaborate with the student services team.

    Qualifications

    • A master's degree and NYS charter certification required
    • The ability to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported, and challenged
    • Passion and commitment to teaching scholars in underserved areas and to closing the achievement gap 
    • Relentless drive to set and achieve ambitious goals
    • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills
    • Growth mindset and ability to use feedback to improve practice
    • Experience teaching in underserved areas a plus

    Diversity at Ascend

     

    Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.

     

    Compensation

     

    Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

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